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Introduzione

My 2DS XL was disassembled at the time of writing this guide, because there was no guide here yet. However, everything pertinent to removing the top screen and replacing it are listed here.

  1. Before starting the disassembly, remove
    • Before starting the disassembly, remove

    • The stylus

    • Any game cartridge

    • The SD card

    This is a great repair instructional, but I would advise also looking at the below video link. (I used both.) Sometimes watching 2 repair guides can help when you think you think you’re stuck. For example, I had a really hard time getting the hinge off!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuu_T2ls...

    (HINT: Works best if you rotate it 180 degrees, so that you are repairing it from the same perspective as the technician)

    skat1140 - Replica

  2. Unscrew the four 6mm tri-point screws located at the four corners of the bottom panel.
    • Unscrew the four 6mm tri-point screws located at the four corners of the bottom panel.

    The Y0 was too big; I ended up using a Y00 and that worked fine

    Christopher Gilmer-Hill - Replica

    Would not recommend using a Y000 like I tried to do

    Daniela Magaña-Ochoa - Replica

  3. Be careful when separating the bottom panel from the front casing to avoid breaking the three cables connected to the motherboard (two on each side and one in the rear). Using a spudger, separate the back panel from the front casing by gently prying around the panel.
    • Be careful when separating the bottom panel from the front casing to avoid breaking the three cables connected to the motherboard (two on each side and one in the rear).

    • Using a spudger, separate the back panel from the front casing by gently prying around the panel.

    • There are many clips along the hinge of the case, so it is recommended to work your way along one short side and the two long sides before finishing the last short side.

  4. Using tweezers, disconnect the two cables that connect the rear buttons on either side to the motherboard by gently pulling them upwards. Using tweezers, disconnect the two cables that connect the rear buttons on either side to the motherboard by gently pulling them upwards. Using tweezers, disconnect the two cables that connect the rear buttons on either side to the motherboard by gently pulling them upwards.
    • Using tweezers, disconnect the two cables that connect the rear buttons on either side to the motherboard by gently pulling them upwards.

    I unfortunately took off the base of one when trying to pull apart. Is there a fix or will it not be broken?

    Phoenix Typhoon - Replica

  5. Using a spudger, lift out the battery. Be aware that there is a sticky pad holding the battery into its tray. It may be necessary to use multiple tools to gently pry the battery away from the tray and motherboard.
    • Using a spudger, lift out the battery.

    • Be aware that there is a sticky pad holding the battery into its tray. It may be necessary to use multiple tools to gently pry the battery away from the tray and motherboard.

    Some might see this as an optional step. But you probably do NOT want to skip this. I did, and now I have malfunctions on the Nintendo (touch screen functionality not working, possibly as a result of shorts from skipping this step.)

    skat1140 - Replica

  6. Release the top screen ribbon cable in image 1.  Thread it through the rectangular slot below the tweezers. Carefully coil the ribbon cable and prepare to slide it through the cylinder hinge. Carefully coil the ribbon cable and prepare to slide it through the cylinder hinge.
    • Release the top screen ribbon cable in image 1. Thread it through the rectangular slot below the tweezers.

    • Carefully coil the ribbon cable and prepare to slide it through the cylinder hinge.

    How do you disassemble the hinge?

    Kevin Jones - Replica

    I wiggled the top screen and with a pair of tweezers, grabbed the barrel that comes out of the left hinge. There might be an easier way, but the home is essentially the same on DSi XL's and these, and I have done them both the same way many times.

    Sometimes it helps to stand it up on its right side and open and close the hinge to wiggle it out

    Chris Julian - Replica

    This step seems to be leaving out a crucial part: removing the other hinge, the one opposite where the ribbon cable threads through. And it is not easy! You basically have to “pick” at it with a small screwdriver or tweezers, trying to tease it out. I did a pretty poor job, mauling it terribly but eventually got it out without destroying it. (Used some WD-40 in the end which might have helped; I sprayed into a cup, then dabbed it on the hinge with a toothpick. Made sure to clean it all off when I before reassembly.) This video shows a successful hinge removal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuu_T2ls...

    skat1140 - Replica

  7. Remove the two screws holding the plastic cover plate down to reveal the red wifi wire which will come out along with the top screen and case. Remove the two screws holding the plastic cover plate down to reveal the red wifi wire which will come out along with the top screen and case.
    • Remove the two screws holding the plastic cover plate down to reveal the red wifi wire which will come out along with the top screen and case.

    This is an optional step. You can get the red wifi antenna wire out without taking out the plate.

    skat1140 - Replica

  8. Disconnect the wifi wire and unclip it along its path around the battery tray and under the plastic plate we removed before. Slide out the cylinder that holds the other side of the hinge together.
    • Disconnect the wifi wire and unclip it along its path around the battery tray and under the plastic plate we removed before.

    • Slide out the cylinder that holds the other side of the hinge together.

    • On my 2DS XL, I wiggled the top half of the case and the cylinder wiggled out enough to grab it with the tweezers.

    Removing the hinge is easier if you open the clamshell all the way, push it out a little bit with a spudger, then close it. It’ll fall right out.

    Amateur Programmer - Replica

  9. Finish sliding the ribbon cable through the hinge and free the red wifi wire, as well. The top part of the case is now free, and you are okay to set the rest of the 2DS XL aside for reassembly.
    • Finish sliding the ribbon cable through the hinge and free the red wifi wire, as well.

    • The top part of the case is now free, and you are okay to set the rest of the 2DS XL aside for reassembly.

    • I apologize for the quality of the picture, but as you can see, the cable slides through a slot on the top case's hinge body. carefully slide the cable out of the slot and free the cable from the two pins holding it down to the case frame.

  10. Insert a spudger along the edge of the plastic plate on the top shell. Pry up gently until the glue releases. There is a large glue pad under this plate, but there is nothing else holding it on. After prying off the plate, there are four screws marked in the rings to release the back plate from the screen plate. Once the screws are removed, lift off the back plate to reveal the screen and plastic trim.
    • Insert a spudger along the edge of the plastic plate on the top shell. Pry up gently until the glue releases. There is a large glue pad under this plate, but there is nothing else holding it on.

    • After prying off the plate, there are four screws marked in the rings to release the back plate from the screen plate.

    • Once the screws are removed, lift off the back plate to reveal the screen and plastic trim.

    I broke my case by following the teardown video. Please don’t be like me. I wanted to get this out so that other readers here are prepared to fix their top screen or some potential power-on issues (turns on and immediately shuts off) like I have.

    Chris Julian - Replica

    Wow, Nintendo was not shy with the glue. I’ve been working fifteen minutes on prying off the top shell, and I’m little more than halfway done. All I can say to anyone else trying this is be patient and work slowly so nothing breaks. I had to get a credit card to put under part of the shell as I went to keep it from sticking again after I pried it up.

    RagManX - Replica

    I found the little plastic iFixit picks to be helpful here, since it was pretty hard getting the plastic to stay up with just the spudger; that said, any piece of plastic would probably work once you get the first edge/corner up.

    Christopher Gilmer-Hill - Replica

    There is a missing step between step 5 and 6, I think. In step 5, the top case is still attached to bottom case. But in step 6, you can clearly see from the photo that the top case is already separated from the bottom case. But there is no instruction on how to do that!

    David Lin - Replica

    The top case was already removed. It does not need to be removed to perform this specific step. Please read through the steps that follow, and the steps will make more sense. My case was already apart and I was documenting the steps in order for everyone else, although mine was already disassembled since it did not exist here yet.

    I apologize for any confusion this has caused.

    Chris Julian -

    I rearranged the steps to hopefully alleviate the confusion. I recommend taking the top backing plate off first before removing the top screen from the device. Whether you do that first or remove the entire top screen first, the guide is still complete in its entirety.

    Hopefully this helps!

    Chris Julian -

    DO NOT USE THE “TEARDOWN VIDEO” AS A GUIDE for this; you’ll notice in that video all four screws are broken off! Also: You do NOT need a hot gun to warm the adhesive. Just use a flat rectangular spudger-type tool: insert and work it down. (Maybe use an Exacto blade to gently start it off, then go spudger all the way.) I made a spudger out of the material used in plastic milk containers and it worked great: came off easy with no heat gun, no bending or deformation of the plastic cover.

    skat1140 - Replica

  11. Gently pry around the top edge of the case. As you can see, my case is cracked, but not as a result of this repair. This plastic is very thin, so do be careful working your way around the case. The front lens is plastic, but it is held to the frame with glue pads. Using multiple soft tools, work your way around the lens to free the lens and the screen from the frame bezel. You can now set aside the bezel for reassembly.
    • Gently pry around the top edge of the case. As you can see, my case is cracked, but not as a result of this repair. This plastic is very thin, so do be careful working your way around the case.

    • The front lens is plastic, but it is held to the frame with glue pads. Using multiple soft tools, work your way around the lens to free the lens and the screen from the frame bezel.

    • You can now set aside the bezel for reassembly.

    Notice how the Bezel is broken in the middle picture? Be aware of how delicate it is! (But if you do break it (like I did). No big whoop. Just a drop of super glue when you are reassembling it and no one will ever notice.

    skat1140 - Replica

  12. Because the lens is plastic, I gently bent the lens away from the screen to release it. Using a spudger or pry tool will also be very useful here.
    • Because the lens is plastic, I gently bent the lens away from the screen to release it. Using a spudger or pry tool will also be very useful here.

    • Once you have removed the screen, you are ready to replace the screen and begin reassembly.

    • Be very mindful of the ribbon cable as it goes back through the hinge during reassembly, as it can be damaged very easily.

Conclusione

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I think there is a missing step between step 5 and 6. I followed the instructions until step 5, but couldn’t figure out how to separate the top case from the bottom case. In step 6, you can see the top case has been separated from the bottom case. But no instruction is given on how to do that.

David Lin - Replica

The hinge only has one component holding it together from coming apart. It is on the left hi he as you look at it like you're playing. The hinge component is a small barrel that resides inside the hinge. You have to open and close it while it is on its right side and try to grab with a pair of tweezers onto the edge of the barrel.

Chris Julian - Replica

I can't be the only one who's having a lot of trouble trying to remove the first four tri screws…

Vasili Conway - Replica

Some gentle heat on the back plate may be useful to separate the glue on the top screen backing plate, but I did not use any. I just pried it up and gently pulled it away.

Are you referring to the screws on the bottom of the unit? Apparently another user stated that a Y00 screwdriver removed the back four tri screws easier for them.

Chris Julian -

Didn’t follow exactly how to disconnect the top section fully.

Brian Shuler - Replica

Hopefully I can assist you. Where are you getting stuck? The barrel on the left hinge is a bit difficult to remove. I opened and closed the hinge a few times with the left hinge up off the desk. While doing this, I watched for the edge of the barrel to poke out so I could grab it with angled tweezers. That was the hardest part of removing the top half for me personally, but it is almost exactly like the DSi XL, and I have disassembled many of those already. My kids are NOT gentle with electronics.

After getting the barrel out on the left hinge, coil up the ribbon cable around the wifi antenna and slide it through the right side of the hollow hinge.

Chris Julian -

Does this work with the pokeball edition of the 2ds?

DocWhoGaming - Replica

They &&^&@@ up the top part disassembly, you are supposed to remove the black part in the center, then remove the screws that are below it to disasemble the lid/top lcd, and not break it like in the video, poor job.

pedro_rotoli - Replica

I agree that they did. On that post, they made a mention in the comments that the teardown was not intended to be a disassembly. Unfortunately, I broke my first one following that, too. This is what prompted me to post these pictures when my kids decided to be rough on their DS’s again.

Hopefully you can find replacement parts like I did!

Chris Julian -

how do you replace the hole top panel and the riben wire that goes with it?

R M - Replica

There is something sketchy here, in step 7 where you removed the plastic plate, you can clearly see that this plate wasn’t there in step 6, it seem you removed it before, forgotten about it, put it back together and got on with it, but the problem is that it affects how you disassemble it, please redo this but in the proper order, specially because you don’t show how the wifi cable is positioned, before removing it, how do you expect people to put it back together if you can’t tuck away properly the wifi cable?

Potato - Replica

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